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All About the Peru Visa

Planning a trip to the third-largest country in South America? 

Before you start organising your tour of Machu Picchu and other bucket list sites, you’ll need to research the country’s travel authorisation requirements. 

Peru is a popular tourist destination and citizens of almost 100 nations can enter here visa-free. This includes citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the United States. 

These nationals will be given a stamp in their passport on entry to the country that is valid for 30, 60, 90 or 183 days. This serves as your Peru visitor visa in the eyes of immigration officials. Ensure that the passport you’re travelling with is valid for at least 90 days after your arrival or else you may be denied entry.

There are also agreements in place with many other South American countries and some of these citizens can even travel to Peru with just their I.D card. 

Alternatively, citizens of other countries, such as Indian nationals, do require travel authorisation. This must be applied for in advance via the Peruvian embassy. All visitors who aren’t from one of the visa-exempt countries must obtain a travel pass from one of the Peruvian diplomatic missions in their home country.

Continue reading to find out what paperwork you require for your trip to the ‘land of abundance.’ From the tiny oasis town of Huacachina to Lake Titicaca, get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

Peru Visa Application Process

For those coming from a visa-exempt country (see full list below), you will be issued your ‘tourist visa’ for free at your port of entry and it will be stamped into your passport on arrival.

Those travellers who do require advance travel authorisation must apply at a Peruvian diplomatic mission. There is currently no eVisa for Peru offered. 

To obtain your paperwork, you will be required to fill in a Peru visa application form. As well as this, you will need to submit some supporting documents. This includes trip confirmation details and passport photos. You can find out more about this in the ‘Form and Documents’ section below. 

Find out where the nearest Peruvian embassy is to you here.

Visiting Peru on a business trip?

If you travel regularly for business purposes, then you may be eligible for an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card (ABTC). This travel authorisation gives the holder pre-clearance for short-term business travel of up to 60 or 90 days.

How do I apply for an ABTC?

Each of the participating economies has its own set of guidelines and processes for applying for an ABTC. Refer to your home economy’s rules regarding the ABTC for detailed information on the application process and cost. 

As an example, Australian citizens can find information about obtaining the ABTC on the Australian home affair government site. The application is done online by creating an account on this portal.

Peru Visa Requirements and Eligibility

As we mentioned, citizens of almost 100 countries can enter Peru without obtaining prior travel authorisation. You will, however, require a passport that is valid for a minimum of 6 months after your date of arrival in the country. 

Peru is well used to welcoming tourists with several million visiting this destination every year to visit sites like The Sacred Valley and the Paracas National Reserve.  

Nationals of the majority of the countries listed below can visit Peru for tourism purposes visa-free for up to 183 days. This applies to US and Australian citizens among others. 

Please note, if you’re a citizen of a Schengen member state, you can stay in Peru for up to 90 days within 180 days without a visa.

If you hold a Costa Rican or a Panamanian passport, you can stay in the country for 90 days per visit.

Citizens of these countries are visa-exempt:

All European Union citizens
Antigua and Barbuda
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic

Hong Kong
Marshall Islands
New Zealand
North Macedonia
Papua New Guinea

Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
San Marino
Solomon Islands
South Africa
South Korea
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Vatican City

Citizens of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Uruguay can enter the country with their national ID document. 

Remember, if you are not from one of the exempt countries, you will need to apply for your travel authorisation at the embassy or consulate closest to you.


Peru Visa Form and Documents

Which form you fill out and what supporting documentation is required depends on whether you are applying for a tourist visa or a business one. 

The Peruvian embassy will be able to provide you with full details of what documents are needed depending on the purpose of your visit and your nationality. 

Many travellers only require a visa if they are visiting for purposes other than tourism. To apply for this travel authorisation, you must hold a current passport that is valid for a minimum of 6 months after your date of arrival.

If you are applying for a Peru business visa, you will need to fill out the DGC 005 form provided by the consulate.

This form contains the following fields:

General information

  • Number and type of passport
  • Marital status
  • First name
  • Last name
  • Place of birth
  • Nationality
  • Sex
  • Occupation
  • Full address and contact number in Peru
  • Permanent address
  • Country of residence
  • Contact phone number

You will also need to provide a photo, biometric information and your signature.

You will also need to submit a number of supporting documents. Typical supporting documents required to obtain a Peru business visa include:

Passport scan, completed form and passport photos

  • 1 photocopy of the front and back sides of your passport.
  • 2 DGC 005 forms completed in block letters using black ink.
  • 2 recent passport-size colour photographs (4.3 x 3.5 cm) with a white background.

Company information

  • A formal letter from your employer, mentioning the company profile, how long you’ve worked for them and the purpose of your trip. 
  • Proof of registration of the company.
  • An apostilled invitation letter (written in English or Spanish) from the local business associate.

Travel itinerary details & proof of financial solvency

  • Round-trip ticket reservation.
  • Day by day detailed itinerary while in Peru.
  • Hotel reservation(s) or other proof of accommodation bookings.
  • Proof of financial solvency, e.g. bank statements, salary slips (this is mandatory even if the trip is sponsored).

Other documents may also be requested, at the discretion of the embassy or consulate. An example of this could be a completed Personal Income Tax Return Form.

Peru Visa Status Check

Wondering how long it will take to process your Peru visa application? It can take up to 30 days, however, most applications are processed in less time than this.

If you’ve already applied, you can check the status of your application by getting in touch with the consulate where you submitted your application. If your visa has been denied, the embassy will contact you directly.

How Much Is a Travel to Peru Visa?

How much you will pay depends on what country you are from and what type of travel pass you are applying for. As an example, the embassy in Sydney charges 30 PEN (Peruvian Soles) for the business visa. A Consular Sol is equivalent to approximately 1 USD in local currency.

What is the APEC Business Travel Card?

The APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) is a travel pass issued to business travellers and senior government officials who meet certain requirements.

Those travellers bearing an APEC card containing the ‘PER’ code on the reverse can enter Peru visa-free for up to 90 days on business trips.

ABTCs are issued to nationals of the following countries that meet the eligibility criteria:

  •  Australia
  •  Brunei
  •  Chile
  •  China
  •  Hong Kong
  •  Indonesia
  •  Japan
  •  South Korea
  •  Malaysia
  •  Mexico
  •  New Zealand
  •  Papua New Guinea
  •  Philippines
  •  Russia
  •  Singapore
  •  Taiwan
  •  Thailand
  •  Vietnam

More Peru Visa Questions and Information

Still got some lingering questions about planning your trip? Our FAQ section is here to help you feel extra confident about what travel documentation you require.

The passport requirements are the same as for the majority of South American countries. You must hold a passport that is valid for a minimum of 6 months from your date of entry. Migraciones (Immigration) authorities may also ask to see evidence of return/onward travel.
No, usually they don’t. US citizens are some of the most frequent visitors to Peru and they can enjoy up to 183 days in the country as a tourist without a visa. Americans do require a passport valid for 6 months, however, as well as evidence of return or onward travel.
How long you can stay in the country depends on your nationality and the type of travel authorisation you hold. If you come from a country that does not require advance travel authorisation, your length of approved stay will be determined by border officials at the time of entry. This typically ranges from 30 to a maximum of 183 days.
Extensions for tourists are usually not approved and there are fines in place for those who overstay their assigned time in the country. Thankfully, many nationalities including Americans can visit this sensational South American country for up to 183 days. This gives you plenty of time to explore the incredible diversity of culture and geography that this destination offers!
If you hold an APEC Business Travel ABTC card, then this will be valid for a maximum of 5 years. Please check the expiration date on your card as the different ABTC economies have different rules and processes in place.
If you don’t require prior travel authorisation, you will need to present your valid passport to Migraciones (immigration) officials on arrival. They may also ask to see evidence of onward travel. You will then be issued a Tourist Visa (stamp in your passport) that is valid for 30, 60, 90 or 183 days. Always make sure that your date and place of entry is officially documented by Migraciones, whatever your port of entry.
Usually, Indian nationals do require a visa to enter the country, however, there are some exceptions. If you are a permanent resident of the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia or any Schengen country you are exempt from requiring travel authorisation to visit Peru. This also applies if you hold a visa for one of these countries that is valid for at least 6 months. Indians that meet this criteria are allowed to visit the country for up to 180 days without applying for advance travel authorisation. Please note, the exact duration of your permitted stay will be determined on arrival by Immigration officials.
Vaccination against yellow fever is recommended. Hepatitis A, typhoid, and rabies vaccinations are also recommended. It is strongly advised to speak to your doctor well in advance of your trip about travel vaccinations so you have time to get the required jabs.
Your travel document will typically look something like this: Peru visa sample
If you’d like more information to help you plan your trip to this culturally vibrant destination, check out the links below. For anything else, please get in touch with our friendly customer service team! 
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